Canada: Maps and Facts
Quiz: The Shapes of Canada
demonstrate an ability to collect, organize, and synthesize information from a variety of sources (e.g., atlases, photographs, hypermedia) to identify the characteristics of Canada's geography;
- demonstrate an understanding of the methods to collect, organize, manipulate, and interpret data.
Prior Knowledge Required:
This lesson will be easier to complete if the student has a solid knowledge of the location of provices and territories.  Further, it may be helpful if the student has had prior exposure to using an Atlas.  **Further students need to be advised to bring one piece of blue construction paper (8.5" x11") to class for this lesson.
- a set of atlases for the class, or enough so that students can share with a partner
- packages containing all of pieces required to make a map of Canada
- students should have brought 1 piece of blue construction paper (8.5x11)
- some extra pieces of blue construction paper in case students make mistakes
Lesson 2:
- for students with limited manual dexterity(student A) - partner them up with a student who is willing to take charge of the cutting and pasting and student A can look up information regarding population, land area, etc. for the accompanying chart.
- gifted students can research more information on each province and territory, (e.g., natural resources, interesting unique facts, one famous person from each province/territory)
Content and Learning Strategies:

1.  Hand out one atlas to each student, or one per two students.

2.  Hand out one package of map "puzzle pieces" to each student.  Map is available at:
Puzzle pieces.

3.  With the use of an atlas, students are to decide where each puzzle piece goes.  Prior to glueing, students are to indicate the provincial/territorial capital on each province/territory with a small black dot and name that capital.  As well, have students indicate the capital city of Canada.

4.  Also, students should colour each province and territory in in a medium shade of green (if the colour is too dark the students will not be able to read the capitals when it comes time to study.

.  Students should then carefully glue each piece of the map in the correct place (this is confirmed by using an atlas) on thier piece of blue construction paper.

6.  Finally, once all of the provinces and territories are glued down students are to label the major bodies of water surrounding and in Canada (ex. Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, James Bay, Hudson Bay, the St. Lawrence, etc.

7.  Make sure the students add a title to their map (Canada) and a short legend (use a ruler).
Assessment and Evaluation:

1.  Once each map is completed, collect these and evaluate them using a RUBRIC

2.  A follow-up evaluation could be given in the form of a short quiz available at the following link: